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A new website is coming for AFCOM North Carolina. 

AFCOM (the national organization) is consolidating websites for a more consistent experience among the many of its chapters.  You will notice some changes to the layout, but we hope the functionality is better for our members.  The new website is under construction and will be available some time near the end of August.  You will still be able to reach it via the same web address:  www.afcomnc.org.  Be sure to send us feedback once the new site goes live, so we can help to make things better for you.

 

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AFCOM NC SPRING MEETING – May 26th, 2016 

AFCOM NC’s event focused on "Aging Infrastructure, Planning and Implementing Process" in Raleigh, NC explored this topic with subject matter experts from Primary Integration, McKinstry, Duke Energy, Whiting-Turning Construction and Vanderweil Engineers.

Navigating changes in the datacenter has always been a challenge.  By bringing together several industry experts, we discussed the full life cycle of the datacenter, looking at the right time and methods to identify when to start the planning process to upgrade the aging infrastructure.  Reviewing all aspects of the business needs when planning and implementing upgrades is critical.

Determining if "Like-For-Like" replacement or a complete change in infrastructure approach can be a challenging endeavor.  Thanks to our presentations from Primary Integration, Biogen, AEI, and DPR, valuable insight was given.  Following up the presentation with seasoned industry professions from Duke Energy, McKinstry, Whiting-Turner, Primary Integration, and Vanderweil Engineering, the meeting attendees were able to ask questions and learn from the varied views from both IT and facilities, to construction and commissioning.

“Should I put in the same size unit or should I down size to a smaller unit to match my load?” or “Do I need to increase my redundancy?” are a couple of basic questions asked.  The consensus was there is no one right answer.  It takes a team of experts from design, construction, verification, and operations working together with the client to understand the business needs and risks to make the right choice in each application.

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AFCOM NC Q4 MEETING – December 2nd, 2015

We have explored in-depth and seen the benefits of hot and cold aisle containment, outside air, high-efficiency power equipment and reducing PUE.  Now the largest consumer of power in the data center is the actual IT equipment itself where IT cabinet and rack loads are growing to 20kW and more. 

AFCOM-NC’s event in Charlotte, NC at the NASCAR Hall of Fame brought in leaders in server, storage, and platform integration from IBM, EMC, Fidelity, Ebullient, and the Open Compute Project to share their plans for the future of IT equipment and how to expand capacity within the data center.  In addition, AFCOM members received a briefing from Google Fiber regarding their network expansion into the Charlotte and Raleigh metro areas.

After the event, members and guests were able to mingle and enjoy cocktails and hot hors d’oeuvres at the reception in the Theatre Lobby of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

A special thank you goes to our incredible sponsors for this event – Eaton and Blackmon Service Inc. - because these quality programs would not be possible without their support.

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AFCOM NC Q2 MEETING – June 25th, 2015

Q2 2015 Audience

The discussion on cloud computing has shifted.  No longer are organizations debating whether to use cloud computing.  The challenge now facing technology professionals is determining the right cloud solution(s) for their organization, understanding the options, resources, services, and functions critical in making the best possible choice for their company. 

Increased options and improved functionality within public and private cloud solutions have led many organizations to ask the question, “which is best for my organization and how do I get there?”  Evaluating public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud, software-defined data center and the other options available can be a significant challenge.

AFCOM NC’s event focusing on “Navigating the Cloud” in Raleigh, NC explored this topic with subject matter experts from SAS (Nick Otto and Mike Davis), IBM (Moe Abdula), VeloCloud  (Alex Ratcliffe) and RISC Networks (Jeremy Littlejohn) that presented methodology and lessons learned from their own experiences in working within the cloud as well as analytics in support of improving cloud performance, among other things.

After the event, members and guests took a short drive from the beautiful Brier Creek Country Club to tour Windstream's RTP data center.

A special thank you goes to our incredible sponsors for this event – Eaton, AirTight FaciliTech / Piedmont Service Group, Blackmon Service Inc., and ComDesign -  because these quality programs would not be possible without their support.

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AFCOM NC Q1 MEETING – March 19th, 2015

Data centers are increasingly becoming the center of the enterprise, and data center and cyber security is following the same path for security departments. To educate our membership on how they can best arm themselves against internet security threats, AFCOM NC hosted a half-day, “Cyber Security Symposium” in Raleigh, NC at the PNC Arena. Technology security experts from the FBI, Lenovo, Symantec, Duke University, Biogen and the president of the local ISSA Chapter discussed issues to consider and various methods to bolster cyber security at a data center. After the event, a networking event was held at the arena's Ledge Lounge for peers to connect and exchange ideas over a few cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres.

A special thank you goes to our incredible sponsors for this event - Eaton, Blackmon Service Inc., CA Technologies, Strategic Connections and Gilbane Construction -  because these quality programs would not be possible without their support.

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AFCOM NC Q3 MEETING – November 12th, 2014

AFCOM NC had a great turnout at our Fall event, “Achieving Optimum Data Center Efficiency” in Charlotte, NC at historic Byron’s SouthEnd.  Whether you are building a new data center or maximizing a legacy facility, gaining the optimal output is a constant challenge.  Our Fall program consisted of subject matter experts from Facebook, Duke Energy, Google, North Carolina State University, AT&T, Syska Hennessey and Mark Bramfitt where they discussed at length the leading methods and approaches for data center optimization and performance.  After the event, attendees toured Facebook’s beautiful data center in Forest City, NC

A special thank you goes to our incredible sponsors for this event - Eaton, Duke Energy, Blackmon Service Inc., and Battery USA -  because these quality programs would not be possible without their support.

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 AFCOM NC Q2 MEETING – June 5, 2014

AFCOM NC had a successful, well-attended Q2 event, “Extending the Life of Your Data Center” in Durham, NC in the newly renovated Triangle Club where members got to enjoy an afternoon of education, networking and fun with their peers and industry leaders. 

As increased power consumption and virtualization have changed the dynamics of the data center there are ways in which the life of the data center can be extended through higher efficiency equipment, optimized air flow, containment, chimneys, new equipment, and increased operating conditions.  Our Q2 program consisted of subject matter experts from EMC, Upsite Technologies, Xerox, Virtual Power Systems, Syska Hennessy and the RJ Kennedy Group who discussed the leading methods and approaches extending the life of traditional data center spaces.                                               

After the event, members and guests enjoyed drinks and appetizers at the outdoor club bar before heading to their seats to watch the Durham Bulls compete against the Pawtucket Red Sox. 

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